Saturday, February 03, 2007

Separated at Birth: We're Knights of the Round Table

All Star #3 & Legionnaires #54

L: All Star Comics #3, Winter 1940-1941, art by Everett Hibbard
R: Legionnaires #54, November 1997, art by Jeffrey Moy, W. C. Carani, and Patrick Martin
(Click picture to embiggen)

See also.

Friday, February 02, 2007

The Multiple Crimes of Henry Mitchell

I'm beginning to think it's not Dennis who's the menace of the Mitchell family...

Child abuse:

Reckless driving; family endangerment:

Trespassing; theft; corrupting a minor:

Child abuse:

Publicly lusting after women...:

...even in front of his wife:

Child abuse:

Convicted criminal:

Just all-around bat-crap crazy:

Is it any wonder the neighborhood kids are
scared spitless when he wants to "play"?:

Like father, like son. Think about it, won't you?

(Special bonus bat-crap crazy Alice Mitchell panel:)

All panels are taken from various stories in Dennis the Menace "Pocket Full of Fun!" comics digests #2, 3, 8 and 13 (1969 and 1970)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

You got your nineties bad girl comic on my Christian comic!

A mash-up that seems so obvious I'm wondering if I've just repeated a joke someone else came up with before:

Cross and the Witchblade

Monday, January 29, 2007

Captain America's Mail Bag! (or, Let's Rap with Cap!)

The scene: a few pages into Avengers #113 (July 1973). The Vision and the Scarlet Witch have just publicly announced their romance. Hooray! Who could object to that?

In Avengers Mansion, Captain America sets aside his mighty shield to spell the weary Jarvis in opening the morning mail (maybe Jarvis got a paper cut):
Avengers #113 panel
All panels in this post are from Avengers #113,
written by Steve Englehart, art by Bob Brown and Frank Bolle

What's this? Why is Cap so confounded? Fan mail from some flounder? No!
Avengers #113 panel

So what is our star-spangled Avenger's response to this creepy communiqué?:
Avengers #113 panel

Avengers #113 panel

Yay, Cap! Now that's how you deal with hate mail! Nowadays we'd have a seventeen-part cross-over series in which Cap manipulates Nick Fury into hacking the USPS mainframe database to find the sender of this slimy snail mail, then enlist the Punisher to beat out of him the true mastermind behinds the devilish plot, who would probably turn out to be Iron Man with a brain slug attached or something. But in the seventies, this neat little piece of characterization tells us all we need to know in four panels: that there's still some ugly-minded, illiterate hate-mongers hiding behind anonymity to spew their prejudice against the American right of a artificial synthezoid to get smoochy with a Balkan mutant witch, and Cap don't put up with that crap.

I don't post on many out-and-out discussion boards like CBR or Newsarama, but I think that this would be a dandy response to post right after some of the dumb-ass statements made by fans and heck, sometimes even creators:
Avengers #113 panel

You da man, Cap. You, sir, are truly da man.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Ten of a Kind: Bull in a Comics Shop

Batman Bull Bonus!:

Batman and Bull

Ben Grimm Bovine Bounty!:

FF and Cows
(More Ten of a Kind here.)